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He also is the chief of the police force and catches the thieves.

There's police, an' them's there for boys to mind what they're about.

There were reasons why none of them cared to come before the police court just now.

Why didn't you let them bring in their police and settle us?

The boys returned to their memories of insult, as they regarded the police force.

Then the police are their brothers' keepers, and not you and me, Sarah?

But the ways of the police are not always those of ordinary decency.

If it's blackmail, Mr. Irwin, why don't you consult the police?

In his anxiety he asked a police officer what would happen to him.

But the police are out of sympathy with such finical methods.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1530, at first essentially the same word as policy (n.1); from Middle French police (late 15c.), from Latin politia "civil administration," from Greek polis "city" (see polis).

Until mid-19c. used in England for "civil administration;" application to "administration of public order" (1716) is from French (late 17c.), and originally in English referred to France or other foreign nations. The first force so-named in England was the Marine Police, set up 1798 to protect merchandise at the Port of London. Police state "state regulated by means of national police" first recorded 1865, with reference to Austria. Police action in the international sense of "military intervention short of war, ostensibly to correct lawlessness" is from 1933. Police officer is attested from 1800. Police station is from 1817.

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